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1 How to choose the right college for you: Ask yourself some questions. Answering questions like these will help you focus your college search: o What interests me? o How do I spend my free time? o What makes me feel passionate? o How do I learn best? o What do I think I want to do in the future? o What type of degree am I seeking? Get to know the options. There are different types of colleges and universities. Do your research to determine the right fit for you: o Public or private o Community College or four-year institution o All male or female student body o Religious affiliation o Military academy Where do I want to live? o Urban, suburban, or rural o Live at home or commute o Move away from home and live on campus How large is the student body? o What is the average class size for introductory classes? o How many students live on campus? o What percentage are from in-state vs. out-of-state? o Is there diversity on campus (ethnic, geographic, family income)? Decide what matters most to you. o For some students, sports and activities are very important. Other students want a challenging academic environment. Some students want both. Search for Colleges: Visit school websites, request brochures and catalogs, and talk to admission and financial aid staff. Check out a great resource at Make campus visits. Look at college s Net Price Calculators to determine your cost of attending.

2 Did you know? Increasing the number of college applications from one to three increases the probability of enrollment by 50%! Visit your favorite colleges: During your visit: o Listen to the college radio station. o Read the student newspaper and other student publications. o Scan bulletin boards to see what daily student life is like. Questions for your tour guide or students you meet on campus: o Why did you choose this college? o What is it like to go from high school to college? o What do you do in your spare time and on the weekends? o What do you love about this college? o What would you have changed about your college search? Other good questions to ask during your visit: o What forms are required for admission, and what are the deadlines? Are there any advantages to applying early? o What special programs are available such as honors programs, study abroad, learning communities, freshman experience, or internship opportunities? o What percentage of the campus is wireless? Do the faculty and students rely on network-sharing for assignments? o How do I apply for financial aid? What forms are required, and when are the deadlines? o What percentage of your students go on for graduate or professional degrees? What type of career services do you have? o What types of support services are available to students on campus such as tutoring programs and writing centers? What you ll need for college admissions: Four ways to gain admission to a Mississippi public university: o Complete the College Preparatory Curriculum (CPC) with a minimum 3.2 high school grade point average (GPA) on the CPC: or o Complete the College Preparatory Curriculum (CPC) with a minimum 2.50 high school grade point average (GPA) on the CPC or a class rank in the top 50% and a score of 16 or higher on the ACT Composite; or

3 o Complete the College Preparatory Curriculum (CPC) with a minimum 2.00 high school grade point average (GPA) and a score of 18 or higher on the ACT Composite; or o Satisfy the NCAA standards for student athletes who are full qualifiers under Division I guidelines. o In lieu of the ACT scores, students may submit equivalent SAT scores. What if you do not meet the criteria? o Students who do not meet the above criteria are nonetheless eligible for admission. Such students must participate, however, in an on-campus placement process at the university of their choice. The process will determine whether the student may be enrolled in regular freshman-level courses or be required to enroll in the summer semester with mandatory participation in the Summer Developmental Program. Successful completion of the summer semester entitles the student to continue enrollment in the fall semester at the university of his or her choice. College Preparatory Curriculum (CPC) High School Requirements for Students The College Preparatory Curriculum (CPC) for students graduating from high school and entering a public institution of higher learning is as follows: English: o Compensatory Reading and Compensatory Writing may not be included. Mathematics: o Algebra I, Geometry, Algebra II, and one other Carnegie Unit of comparable rigor and content (e.g. Advanced Algebra, Trigonometry, Pre-Calculus, Calculus, AP Calculus AB, AP Calculus BC, Discrete Mathematics, Probability and Statistics, or AP Statistics) Science: o Biology I, Chemistry I, and any two other Carnegie Units of comparable rigor and content (e.g. Physics, Physical Science, Biology II, Chemistry II, AP Chemistry, Physics II, AP Physics B, AP

4 Physics C Electricity and Magnetism, AP Physics C Mechanics, Botany, Microbiology, or Human Anatomy and Physiology) Social Studies: o Acceptable Courses include World History, U.S. History, Introduction to World Geography, U.S. Government, Economics, Mississippi Studies (Credit earned for a state/local government course in any other state may stand in lieu of Mississippi Studies.) Arts: o (1 Carnegie Unit) o Any visual and/or performing arts course that meets the requirements for high school graduation will be accepted. Advanced Electives: o (2 Carnegie Units) o Foreign Language I and II; or Advanced World Geography and a Foreign Language (I); or any combination of English, mathematics, or lab-based science courses of comparable rigor and content to mathematics and science courses identified as acceptable according to the new CPC requirements. Computer Applications: o (1/2 Carnegie Unit) o An acceptable course should cover the use of application packages, such as word processing and spreadsheets, basic computer terminology, and hardware operation. Pre-High School Units: o Algebra I, first year Foreign Language, Mississippi Studies, or Computer Applications taken prior to high school will be accepted for admission provided the course content is the same as the high school course. The 5Ps of College Admission The Five Ps are widely recognized as the key elements of importance in the college admission process. They will serve as touchstones for admission and scholarship decision-makers. It is imperative that you clearly understand these criteria upon which you will be evaluated.

5 Program: o High School Profile o Curriculum o Classes completed compared to what is available Performance: o Grades o Class rank Potential: o Test scores ACT, SAT, AP, Dual Enrollment Participation: o A difference the student made in his or her school or community Personality: o Essays o Recommendations o Interviews

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